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How do physicians treat lymphedema?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Compression

It is treated with a pump, compression with support hose.
Internist may try water pills with some effect. I have found enzymes helpful in realist cases such as bromelain, a pineapple enzyme 3-6 a da in divided doses 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.

In brief: Compression

It is treated with a pump, compression with support hose.
Internist may try water pills with some effect. I have found enzymes helpful in realist cases such as bromelain, a pineapple enzyme 3-6 a da in divided doses 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Decongestion

The mainstay is decongestive therapy.
This includes wearing elastic compression stockings, using non-elastic circ-aid garments, sequential compression devices, lymphatic drainage/massage, diet and exercise. Going to a lymphedema clinic is helpful if you have one close. A great source of info is www.Lymphnet.Org.

In brief: Decongestion

The mainstay is decongestive therapy.
This includes wearing elastic compression stockings, using non-elastic circ-aid garments, sequential compression devices, lymphatic drainage/massage, diet and exercise. Going to a lymphedema clinic is helpful if you have one close. A great source of info is www.Lymphnet.Org.
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Many ways, none of

Of which work very well: compression garments, elevation, massage & if those alone don't help, sequential compression device that milks fluid towards the heart.
Various surgeries have had limited success. A radical procedure procedure-sistrunk- removes 50% of the circumference of subcu fat, where the excess fluid "lives", in 2 stages.

In brief: Many ways, none of

Of which work very well: compression garments, elevation, massage & if those alone don't help, sequential compression device that milks fluid towards the heart.
Various surgeries have had limited success. A radical procedure procedure-sistrunk- removes 50% of the circumference of subcu fat, where the excess fluid "lives", in 2 stages.
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. George Klauber
Try and avoid surgery. I have seen a number of horrendous results in patients who wished they had never consented.
Dr. Ted King
Absolutely agree.
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